There has been a bit of a meme going around where people are using to have questions asked of them. I'm somewhat wary of formspring, but I do have a blog. So this week is your chance to ask me any question you'd like. On Friday I will answer as many of them as I'm able.


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21 thoughts on “Questions”

  1. Hi Tom,As a First Responder I am seriously considering leaving the RAF to join SCAS as an ECA and then work my way up or go to Uni to do Paramedic Science.

    My question is, using your experience, would you recommend joining the ambulance Service and if so, which route should I take?

  2. Hi Tom,A little similar to Swanny's question.I'm a Community First Responder. I also get a bit of minor trauma as a First Aider at work.However, the more I do it, the more I enjoy first aid/BLS.I'm wondering whether to do St John training for voluntary ambulance work. (I'm a bit long in the tooth to change career, and I couldn't stand the shifts on a regular basis – been there, done that.)As a professional, how does the ST John training stack up? It's obviously much more than straight first aid, and my Responder skills lack any training in trauma or transport.Do you think I'd get satisfaction out of the work?

  3. Hi,I thought I would jump in here (Tom may disagree or you may choose to disregard!)

    St John training very good… It is very thorough and in a lot of instances it will mirror an Ambulance experience.

    I am a St John member in Australia, a Student Paramedic and an Australian Army Officer. I can say for a fact that my SJA experiences have been, on a lot of occasions, more beneficial than my University 'practical work' as it allows me to 'get in there' and to utilise skills taught at uni. More importantly it allows me to build up that 'special' type of personal contact that is unique in that it is integral to Ambulance Practice – I am sure Tom would agree.

    I will never forget what an Intensive Care Paramedic and Stations Officer for (what we call) the State Ambulance Centre said to me one time when asking me about my experience. I mentioned to him I was doing a bit of Johnno work and then hastily added it isnt Ambulance work. He said “mate, dont kid yourself – it IS Ambulance work. The skills may be less, but you still see and help people at their most vlunerable – you are helping someone no matter what their complaint, THAT is Ambulance work”.

    Good attitude from a (very) good operator. He also happens to be a St John member.

    That is also the good thing about the experience you will have, a lot of regular Paramedics volunteer for SJA (well in Australia that is the case anyway – I am pretty sure it is the same in the UK) and wil be able to teach you skills and attitudes that will ENSURE you get satistfaction out of the work.

    Hope this was of some assistance, also try to remember like all volunteer organisations there will be those that either dont have that attitude, think they are more than they really are (that being said dont underestimate what you are either) or are just plain stupid. Cant be helped – if you dont like those in your local branch…. Try out another one!

    I just know that in my SJA experience I have been at the succesful resus of two people, been first on scene (while waiting ten mins for an Ambulance) for a kid that has fallen down a 20 metre (I kid you not) cliff (collared him, primary and secondary survey, O2 on, spine board and made warm. The only thing the Paramedic crew did when they turned up was load him on a stretcher and await a Doctor to knowck him out so he could intubate for a serious head injury, we tend to 'stay and play' a lot more than the UK… Covered on national news) and I have been the only voice that would open the eyes of a very ill (through trauma) 15 Year old girl.

    Oh and drunks – lots of drunks.

  4. Hey Tom, thought i'd butt in as i'm a fairly active member of SJA UK, and also a Student Paramedic (8 months into 2 years of a Foundation Degree).St John training, as far as basic first aid, will set you up to be fairly knowledgable about minor and major wounds, dressing, etc. You'll also get to be very familiar with BLS, good if you live in an area where there are very few arrests, or if you're unlucky like me and don't get any! In the UK (again, depending where), St John mainly do event work, and until you're trained up to a higher level, you may not do the events where you get “proper” trauma, drunks, or even the events with a high risk of cardiac arrests.

    IMHO, St John gave me the experience, and the confidence, to undertake my university course. I've made a lot of new friends who I can see being long-term pals. Why not give it a shot? The worst you can get out of it is an FA certificate which insures you for 3 years from your qualification date. You can leave at any time, you're never forced into staying for any contractual reason.


  5. So, what brought you to the LAS and what is keeping you there?Where do you see the job going in the future?

  6. Roughly how many 'managers' are there within the LAS between e.g. the Chief Executive and someone who works on the front line such as yourself?

  7. Jonny take over! It was post a question, not an answer. Anywaywith flat cash funding in place for the coming 5 years, where do you see the service heading?

  8. Hi Tom,As someone who rides a motorcycle every day through town I often have people tell me how I am going to 'die' and they always 'have a friend' (or rather 'had a friend') who was injured/killed on a bike.. I've been going 7 years without a incident. Do you see a lot of bikers in your work day? What are the factors that separate the 'bad injuries' and the ones that are relatively minor? (just trying to avoid being one of your 'customers'!!)ThanksPaul

  9. Quick question…I Live in the US, how hard would it be for me to become certified in the UK? I am graduating soon with my medic.

  10. Stephanie some may say that you would need to be certified to work in the uk!(joke)

    darn it I've forgotten my question – sorry!

    As always keep up the good work.

    Respect and Thanks.


  11. Sent you a question if l am in spam which l often end up in for some reason the email is vetnurse_……… many thanks πŸ™‚

  12. Two questions from me please! What would be your “death row meal”? And, can you still remember your first call? Nearly thirteen years since I stopped to be sick with nerves on the way to some calves with coccidiosis and it seems like yesterday. Sometimes.

  13. Hey, do you know Luke Eastwood? He's an EMT and mostly does private work but he keeps insisting that EVERYONE knows him and I keep trying to say that not everyone does, but if you do know of him then this postkind of just proves his point…By the way, we both LOVE your books!

  14. Diamond Geezer (whom I've read ever since discovering his link in your sidebar) tried the formspring thing and gave up after a few days.(Not to discourage you or anything.)

  15. Hi Tom,You appeared on a programme a 2 or 3 years ago about the internet and how it had changed over time. I show this documentary when I'm teaching A level Communication and Culture. My students would like to know whether patients or collegues of yours have ever recognised themselves and become annoyed about being in your blogs? How much, therefore, is there censorship of what you write?

    Thanks, Georgina Bishop, Lytchett Minster School, Dorset.

  16. Ooh ooh I got another!! any idea what happened to the big White taxi service? Have they gone under ground? Moved on to PTS?!

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